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Changing old bad habits to healthier ones can help you cut down on expenses
Have you ever tried to make an estimate of your yearly household expenses? Could you ever believe you can cut them down by 15% just changing some old bad habits? Don’t worry; you don’t have to renounce comfort! You just have to perform some simple clever actions that won’t cost you one euro. It might seem challenging, but it’s easier than you think! Here are some suggestions:
With a little investment, you can increase the energy efficiency of your house thanks to home automation technologies. Your savings can rise up to 25% by installing thermostatic radiator valves and radiator-insulating panels with heat reflective properties; by cooking with pressure cookers and by using led light bulbs that use 95% less of the energy used by incandescent bulbs. Philips has launched Led Hue bulbs that can be screwed in common bulb sockets and have a Wi-Fi connection to the internet that allows a remote control of illumination (via iPhone or Web). Belkin produces WeMo modules, which are equipped with movement sensors that can be put on any socket and allow switching on and off home appliances and lamps by means of an app.
Is there anything else you can do to save energy and cut bills? You could change old appliances (fridges, washing machines, air conditioners or dishwashers) with new more energy-efficient ones. You could also choose highly-insulating double-glazed PVC doors and windows. Remember to shade the engine of your air conditioner, too. If you have independent heating, you might change a radiator with a pellet stove that allows reducing the cost of heating by 50%.
Main source: FocusMagazine
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